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Samsung Introduces Galaxy K Zoom, a 20 Megapixel Cameraphone With 10X Zoom

The introduction comes just as the Korean electronics giant reported that earnings fell for a second straight quarter.


Samsung late Monday took the wraps off the Galaxy K Zoom, the latest in a series of camera-focused phones from the Korean electronics giant.

The new camera phone packs the latest version of Android alongside serious camera specs including a 20.7-megapixel sensor, 10x optical zoom lens, xenon flash and optical image stabilization. On the software side, the Galaxy K includes a “selfie alarm” that lets users take timed self-portraits using the main camera and a “pro suggest” mode that suggests five filter settings that could work well with a given shot.

Samsung has offered both the Galaxy S4 Zoom, a camera-centric phone, and its Android-based Galaxy Camera line. And it is not alone; Nokia and others have also produced mobile devices that put the camera first.

At first blush, though, Samsung looks to have been able to cram camera optics into a much smaller package this time around. Past camera-centric devices have been significantly bulkier than the Galaxy K Zoom.

Earlier Monday, Samsung introduced a new “Level” series of headphones and speakers.

The introductions come just as the Korean electronics giant reported that overall earnings fell for a second straight quarter.

Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, was introduced in February and went on sale in April.

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